Monday, February 2, 2015

I HEART You! (so I have a little give-away)

Good afternoon to you!  It was a wet, warm mess out there this morning, but at least here in the south we are not having to shovel it! Great beautiful blue skies this afternoon, though.

Call me crazy, but I love a good play on words, and when I read Astrid  was hosting "Love is in the Air" at A Vintage Journey, I just could not help but be inspired to make something that hangs in the air!  Here is my take on a Valentine heart. Be sure to pay the Curiosity Crew a visit at A Vintage Journey to see the most amazing artwork!  You will be so happy you did!

Please excuse my photography--I took all these in the natural afternoon light.  At least it turned out to be a pretty day, but the shadows are horrifying!


I am still being inspired by Tim Holtz' January 12 Tags of 2015 and used one of his techniques that made his January tag so special to me--the splatters!  Unfortunately, I'm still using a basting brush for this, and as a result have had to do a thorough cleaning of the Closet!

I digress...let me tell you how I made my 3 dimensional Valentine.  I started with a new paper mache' heart and gave it a nice coat of gesso.  Next, I used Tim's Distress Paints smeared all over in random Valentine-y colors using my fingers--taking me back to my finger painting days (just last week).  I tend to paint with my hands much more than anything else, and as a result, my hands are not the prettiest. Before the paint had a chance to dry, I spritzed with water and allowed and coaxed the colors to blend. Once dry, I stamped Tim's Script from Urban Grunge with Archival ink, using just the stamp-no block- so I could get a random look. I splattered on Picket Fence Distress Paint using my basting brush and used a silver Krylon paint marker with Tim's marker spritzer to make tiny droplets.  Finally I gave it a good coat of Rock Candy Distress Paint and allowed to dry overnight. When dry, I rubbed some Vintage Photo into the cracks randomly and wiped off the excess.

The Picket Fence splatters and silver Krylon spritzes show up in this photo.  So does the shadow! And a tiny knot peeking around the corner. 

A little bit of the crackle.

This is actually the back--I forgot to take a shot of the front before embellishing, but pretty much more of the same.

While drying, I worked on my embellishments.    I embossed a scrap of silver metallic paper with Tim's Valentine Texture Fade, cut out the word Love, and covered it with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I wiped most off and left just enough to highlight the letters.


I had a few more Christmas leftovers--Tim's foliage die cuts--laying on the work top, so I gave them a coat of Brushed Pewter DP and a swipe of Black Soot DP.

If you look closely and use your imagination you can see a hint of the Blue Violet on the 3 flowers.  It's truly only one of those things that appears to the human eye--not the camera! 

I used Distress Stains to color Tim's floral trimmings, heat set, added some pearls colored with alcohol inks and the most sparkly Blue Violet Crystal Glitter- a new unopened jar!- that somehow made it to the top of my drawer full of glitters and embossing powders.  Love it! Either I have no memory of buying this or there is a craft fairy that visits my Closet! It must be the trance I go into when I shop in a craft store!

I had some vintage black seam binding which I upgraded to the richest shimmery, silvery black with the help of Brushed Pewter Distress stain. (Again, I'll have to leave it up to your imagination--not coming across with the camera!)  I crumpled it up in a ball and left it overnight.  I wish you could feel it.  It is perfectly crackly and tactile!


Pamellia is the lovely hostess at Frilly and Funkie's challenge "Be My Valen-Twine". I wanted to include a little silver cord so I could join the fun at this amazingly inspiring challenge.  Be sure to hop over there if you want to be inspired this Valentine's Day. As the name  implies, you will be amazed with both soft and feminine and funky and grungy artwork by a very talented Design Team.






I assembled all my embellishments onto my heart, added a little bit of Multi-Matte Medium and sterling silver micro beads dripping down. Now love is in the air!


 I hope you enjoy my little project! I appreciate all kinds of feedback and have been especially grateful for all your supportive comments on my postings.  In case you missed my update on my last post, I am offering a little Valentine package to all you lovely people who leave me some love (one randomly picked winner).  Feel free to peek back for all the details, but wear sunglasses! Hugs!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:

A Vintage Journey "Love is in the Air"

Frilly and Funkie "Be My Valen-Twine"

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge "Think Pink" Pink painted heart background, Pink stained flower trimming.

Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" OK, so thanks to Georgie, I'm hooked!  A new Finn fan!  I hope I'm sparkly enough!

Our Creative Corner "Tic Tac Toe- Let's Have Some Fun" Wow!  I almost got a full Bingo card!  But my completed line is Metal, Stamps and Mediums (Crackle Paint).  Fun challenge...run there as fast as you can and join the fun!

Paper Artsy Topic 2 "Shiny Stuff" I was inspired by the metal heart because I love the look of grungy old metal.

The Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge "Love"

Country View Challenges "Drips and Drops" My drops are represented by the splats of the Picket Fence splatters and the tiny droplets of silver Krylon paint pen.

Rhedd's Creative Spirit February Challenge Altered Art/ Mixed Media Only

55 comments:

  1. Hi Sara, I love your take on the AVJ challenge theme! We have the same sense of humour! It is a stunning make, love the 'grungy' pink you have achieved on your heart with the crackle and splatters. Thanks for the lovely comment on my post yesterday too - in fact all the comments - I really appreciate it. Nikki xxx

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Nikki, and for your sweet comment! I really appreciate it! I just realized today that I had not commented on my win at A Vintage Journey. I got side tracked a little congratulating everyone else. So please don't think it doesn't mean the world to me to be chosen as the last winner! I am thrilled and honored!

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  2. This is truly beautiful! Thank you for your lovely comments over on my blog. Dee x

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    1. Dee, you are too kind! After seeing your heart, I felt like mine was a little boring! But thank you for stopping in!

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  3. Haha I 'love' it.. (see what I did there?) I love your techniques in this! I love the grungy style, and the colours, the black ribbon with the red, really really pops. Glad you're a Finn fan, her work is amazing - and you m'dear, are definitely sparkly enough!! Hugs Georgie xx

    Ooh and thank you for your very sweet comment(s) over my way, I had a proper giggle!! xx

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    1. Forgot my manners too - so excited for the giveaway, very, very generous of you, do you have a candy badge? I'll put in on my blog if you do xx

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    2. You are such a sweetheart, Georgie! I'm so happy you had a laugh at my multiple comments! Ha! Ha! I don't have a badge, just wanted to give away a few goodies ; no biggy! I'm not even asking anyone to become a follower. (Shh! but I don't even know what the following thing is about! Duh!) Hugs to you!

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  4. Your piece is lovely! I really like the warm tones that you achieved on the heart. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

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  5. Wow, how cute is this heart ! Loooove it. Thank you so much for sharing your art work with us. Thank you for taking part in Finnabair 'Sparkle & Shine' challenge. Best of luck. Hugs, Marta xx

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    1. Thank you, Marta! I'm happy you like my first entry into the Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!

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    2. Thank you, Marta! I'm happy you like my first entry into the Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!

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    3. I seem to be repeating myself! Blogger hiccups!

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  6. Love is in the AIR...you are hilarious Sara!! I love it! Wonderful job with the crackle texture on the base and I really love the fussy cutting of the embossed word LOVE, I'm a huge fan of that technique! Such a wonderful project Sara, and of course I really love your TWINE!!! Genius!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Valen-Twine' challenge and for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner for our 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Thank you, Pamellia! I have a huge smile on my face, since you got my play on words! And still left on there from yesterday's grin from being chosen at Our Creative Corner! Thank you for All of your kind comments! Hugs!

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  7. This is scrumptious and good enough to eat! love finger painting too!

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    1. Ha! Ha! Hazel! I wouldn't want to eat it though! It might be worse than my cooking! Thank you for visiting!

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  8. Simply Stunning!! The texture on the paper-mache heart is amazing!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! (And finger-painting is the best!! It is always a good day when I have paint on my hands!!)

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    1. Wow! Karen, thank you for such a wonderful compliment! Keep those hands painty!

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  9. Love your creation in the air!! What great textures you created looks like my kind of messy fun! Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! It is always a good day when you drop in! :)

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  10. Your heart is beautiful, love the spatters and the crackles!

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    1. Hi Deb! Thank you for the sweet comment. Crackle is one of my new favorite techniques!

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  11. Sara this is so amazing. I absolutely loved all of it. Thank you for entering it into Tic Tac Toe over at OCC. My favourite part was the metallic Embossed bit. I am such a sucker for Metal.

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  12. Thank you, Candice, and I am LOVING that journal you made! My favorite part of yours is everything! I might have to give it a go here, soon! I am a sucker for metal, too, especially rusted metal!

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  13. Sara your heart is outsatnding...although I am not realy fun of pink colour, I admire your creation and its texture...fabulous!
    Thank you very much for playing with us at Our Creative Corner!
    Hugs from Slovenia

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    1. Thank you, Ana! I'm not a pink girl, either, but seems like there's a bit of it going on here on my blog lately. Hugs from Wilmington, NC!

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  14. Oh super pretty! Love the texture! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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    1. Thank you, Sammy! So happy you like it!

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  15. Both your hearts are lovely! The colors are luscious, and love all your textures, and the sweet little flowers here. Thanks so much for you lovely comments on my blog, also. It is fun to hear from other folks!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn, what a lovely compliment from you! :):)

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  16. This is so pretty. I love your pink heart. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  17. Sara, I loved your heart when I first saw the thumbnail but now I've seen the close ups, I love it even more. It has so much texture and technique - it's right up my street!Thank you so much for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner this time. Julia xx

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    1. Julia, what a wonderful compliment you have paid me! :)

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  18. Another brilliant Valentine's heart, Sara - so individual, and full of fabulous texture. Thank you again for another great entry at Artistic Stamper, Country View Challenges and A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you for your very generous praise, Alison! It's been my pleasure to play along with the challenges at Artistic Stamper, Country View and A Vintage Journey!

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  19. Sarah this is so very clever and I just love how you took the challenge litterally! A truly brilliant make, romantic and beautiful! Thanks so much for adding it to our Love is in the Air challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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    1. Wow, Astrid, you are making my head swell up! Thank you so much for your very sweet comment!

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  20. Fabulous heart! Such attention to detail! Thanks for playing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT member~

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  21. wow! What a take on the challenge! I love what you did to have it in air, lol! The colors are just so yummy and the textures too. Pink and black look a deadly combo too...so creative, Sarah. Hugs.

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    1. Rupa, you always say the nicest things to make a girl feel special! thank you for your generous praise! Hugs!

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  22. Beautiful! Thank you for joining the Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!

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    1. Thank you, Riikka! Fabulous name, by the way!

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  23. pretty pretty pretty heart! i have yet to play with paper mache anything and I really need to fix that. Love your heart! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! What a sweet comment!

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  24. LOVE the way this has come together and that beautiful mottled colour heart base. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

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  25. Thank you, Jenny! And I LOVE that you have come by and left this LOVELY compliment!

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  26. Your heart is lovely! Love the stamping on it. Thanks for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  27. very Pretty :) Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge this month x

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  28. Such an amazing piece, love what you did, just gorgeous! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly and Our Creative Corner!! The embossed text look amazing!

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    1. Thank you for your very generous compliment, Astrid!

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